>From: "Michael S. Lorrey" <email@example.com>
>Chuck Kuecker wrote:
> > At 02:27 PM 1/10/01 -0500, Michael Lorrey wrote:
> > >One-up: an 1861 trap-door rifle refurbed from an original action:
> > >loaded, with no government paperwork or NICS check (its a pre-1895
> > >device)
> > Roll your own cartridges? Or is there still a source?
>You can fire brass cartridges in them. .44-40 and .44-70, for example,
>are commonly available cartridges that date back to the day. All you
>need is the action to be original. You could build the rest of the gun
>around the action with a modern proof barrel, sporter stock, etc.
>Magnaflux the action to check metal integrity, and you can shoot modern
>smokeless ammo with it.
There are also ion-implantation techniques for raising the
strength of the chamber walls, allowing for higher powder
burn pressures. You probably don't need those for .44* loads,
though, as they're generally lower pressure than standard
modern rifle loads such as .223, .308, .22-250, etc.
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